When should i book?
This is a questions I hear quite often from moms-to-be. You're expecting a new addition to the family. If it's your first baby, you're preoccupied with the obvious essentials such as a crib, stroller, car seats and clothes. If it's your 2nd or 3rd (maybe 4th or 5th?!), you're preoccupied with school runs, cleaning up after everyone, and trying to remember where you stored all the old baby things! Although photos may not be at the top of your to-do list, you should be contacting your chosen photographer around the 6 month pregnancy mark or even earlier! The earlier you do it, the less you have to stress and worry about missing the prime time to photograph and freeze how itty bitty your newborn is! This is also about the time you want to start booking your photographer for maternity photos! Usually, a non-refundable retainer is required to secure a session for you on the month that you're due. Paying a retainer and booking early ensures you're on my calendar! It's important to have a session secured because the best time to photograph a newborn is up to 21 days. This period ensures that baby is still sleepy, and flexible enough to position them into those cute poses that you see! Although this is the recommended period, I have taken 'newborn' photos for babies over a month old. You just have to manage your expectation of what are realistic poses. Regardless, we will capture beautiful images! Also, I only take up to 4 newborns a month, this allows me to properly plan and personalize your session, sanitize everything between clients, and allows me to really focus on editing the images to perfection for you.
How about milestone sessions? You can book milestone sessions with me either when you book your newborn, or any time after your newborn session. Sitter milestones usually happen between 5-9 months when the baby can sit unassisted (but not yet crawling), and 1st birthday sessions around 11-12 months of age! But, of course, you can also book at whatever age you want to remember them at! It might seem like a very far off thing to think about when your baby has only just been born, but the same reasoning as above, you have to get on the calendar! So, what are you waiting for? Book a session now with your newborn photographer in Springfield, VA.
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